Desiree serval was rescued in 2009 after being found dehydrated in the Arizona desert. We were told she was a 3-legged female serval, but we have had our suspicions that she may actually be a boy. Servals are small African cats which are popular in the exotic pet trade.Watch and find out!
image credit: Big Cat Rescue
The cat was turned over to the Tucson Wildlife Center dedicated to native wildlife.She had almost completely given up the will to live.
She was probably a pet or perhaps used in the hybrid breeding scheme that has become all the rage where Servals are bred to domestic house cats to produce Savannah Cat hybrids.
The domestic cats are often killed in the process. The kittens sell for thousands of dollars, but when they mature they typically spray and bite and make awful pets. The hybrids are usually discarded by the time they are two or three years old.
Lisa Bates-Lininger the founding president of the Tucson Wildlife Center said, “She was dehydrated and tired and just ready to give up. She may have died last night, but luckily we got her in. We got her emergency treatment, fluids for shock, and she’s also missing a rear leg.”